I was watching one of my favorite movies the other night and it was almost as if I was watching it for the very first time. I laughed… I cried… I pondered. What struck me was the prayer the character Grant Taylor prayed after having a really bad day (week…month…year). You know the kind of day when nothing seems to go right… you feel disappointed… you feel betrayed… you feel like a failure. Have you ever been there?
Here’s the prayer: “Lord Jesus, would you help me? I need you. Lord, I feel that there are giants of fear and failure staring down at me, waiting to crush me. And I don’t know how to beat ’em, Lord. I’m tired of being afraid. Lord, if you want me to do something else, show me. If you don’t want me to have children, so be it. But You’re my God. You’re on the throne. You can have my hopes and my dreams. Lord, give me something. Show me something.”
Things looked so bad that fear and failure had become giants in his life; just waiting to crush him. He did not want to stay in that place of fear. In fact he declares that he is tired of being afraid. Fear is exhausting! We were not created to live in fear or carry the weight of fear on our shoulders. The character goes onto acknowledge, You are my God, You are on the throne. Yes we have an almighty, loving God, Who is concerned with our everyday lives… the BIG stuff and the small stuff. Grant Taylor finally surrenders himself to the wisdom of God. He simply says, “Lord, give me something. Show me something.”
God has the answers we need. Sometimes we just have to get to the end of ourselves. The next scene you see Grant Taylor with a pen, pad and Bible in hand. God heard his cry and God answered him. He ends up with a new team philosophy – honoring God in every area of life. For his football team that meant honoring God at school, at home and yes, even on the football field. Honoring God is not a new concept, but how many of us choose to honor Him in everything that we do. Unfortunately, it seems so easy to get caught up in the distractions of life that we forget our purpose should be to honor God in all that we do.
Do you have questions… need help… are you frustrated? Call out to the Savior!